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Private Special/Company Editions

There are two distinct classes of "special" Guinness Book of Records; this page documents the private editions that were specially bound for companies to present to their staff and customers. The Special Editions page is the place to find editions that were produced by Guinness as promotional gifts, or are standard editions that were produced as "deluxe" (or "soft back") editions for sale to the public.

In general, books in both classes have cosmetic alterations only - the book's content is the same as the standard edition published that year. Even so, dedicated collectors will most certainly be keen to find such editions to complete their collections. If you know of any other private editions, please let us know.

1956 Grosvenor Motors Ltd Special Inscription

Edition

5

Text

To Record Our Appreciation Of Your Patronage.

Grosvenor Motors Ltd

 

 

 

1958 Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment Limited Leather Binding

 

Edition

7

Notes

Several leather-bound copies are known: four personalised with the initials F.C.C., J.J.R., C.S.K. and L.A.W. on the cover, and three copies with no personalisation (left).

 

The flyleaf has the company name (below) and logo, and the words, "Birmingham and Burnley, England".

Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment Limited was dissolved in 1994.

 

1960 Dormer Special Binding & Dust-jacket

Edition

8

Cover Black with Green Dust-jacket
Text

DORMER PRESENT THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

THE SHEFFIELD TWIST DRILL & STEEL CO. LTD. ENGLAND

The inside front cover flap says, "Dormer are constantly setting up new production records".

The back cover flap has the Head Office address (Summerfield Street, Sheffield 11, England) and a list of locations where "complete stocks carried" (London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester).

Notes The Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Company produced Dormer cutting tools. The company was bought by the Swedish company Aktiebolaget SKF in 1975. In 1993 it changed its name to SKF & Dormer Tools UK Sales Limited and became Dormer Tools Limited in 1993.

 

1961 Carsons Paints Special Inscription

Edition

9

Notes This copy was discovered in October 2007. It has a standard "Fully Revised Edition" dust-jacket, but the cover has the inscription "CARSONS PAINTS" in red lettering.

(Image courtesy of Martin Renshaw)

 

1962 Tom Sheldon Ltd Special Inscription

Edition

10

Notes This copy has an inscription for "Tom Sheldon Ltd" in gold lettering. Tom Sheldon Limited was a bookmakers in Birmingham, founded in 1954 and dissolved in 2010.

 

 

1965 Dormer Special Binding & Dust-jacket

Edition

12

Cover Orange with Green Dust-jacket
Text

DORMER PRESENT THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

THE SHEFFIELD TWIST DRILL & STEEL CO. LTD. ENGLAND

The inside front cover flap says, "Dormer are constantly setting up new production records".

The back cover flap has the Head Office address (Summerfield Street, Sheffield 11, England) and a list of locations where "complete stocks carried" (London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester).

Notes The Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Company produced Dormer cutting tools. The company was bought by the Swedish company Aktiebolaget SKF in 1975. In 1993 it changed its name to SKF & Dormer Tools UK Sales Limited and became Dormer Tools Limited in 1993.
Notes:
  1.  Compliments slip for this private edition is also known:

(Photo: Bruce Read)

 

1965 Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment Limited Special Binding

Edition

12

Notes

Several different copies are known: four personalised with the initials F.L.S., D.E.C., C.S.K. and H.T.C. on the cover, and one with no personalisation.

 

This was a follow-up presentation edition which "would be welcomed for family and lunch-time quizzes".

 

Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment Limited was dissolved in 1994.

 

1965 York Special Inscription

Edition

12

 

 

 

1966 Lion Special Binding

Edition

13

Notes This copy has the initials A.G.W. on the front cover, so copies may have been personalised for company employees.

 

 

 

1968 Atlas Stone Special Inscription

Edition

15

Notes The Atlas Stone Company was founded in 1902, and taken over by Eternit in 1975.

(Image courtesy of Adam Henley)

 

1968 HP Special Binding

Edition

15

 

 

1968 Phipps Plastic Products Limited Special Inscription

Edition

15

Notes Possibly a company incorporated in 1938, which became "Kleeman Plastics (Tipton) Ltd" in 1992 and dissolved the same year.

 

 

1968 Walter S. Fry Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

15

Text

Symbol of Service

Notes Possibly the Walter S. Fry Ltd. that was a builders merchant, bought by Sandell Perkins in around 1970. Now part of Travis Perkins.

 

 

1968 Wellman Machines Limited Special Edition

Edition

15

Notes Wellman Machines Ltd of Darlaston in Staffordshire.

 

 

1968 Unknown Company Special Binding

Edition

15

Notes The cover of this edition is similar to the Directors' Special Edition, but is a different colour.

 

 

1969 Conflow Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes Possibly the Sheffield-based manufacturer of safety systems for the mining industry.

(Image courtesy of Robert Ailwood)

 

1969 Drilling & Prospecting International Ltd Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes Possibly from Croydon, Surrey. Incorporated in 1960 and dissolved in 2001.

 

1969 GPT Special Binding

Edition

16

 

 

1969 McKECHNIE Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes McKechnie Plastic Components make the widgets for Guinness cans, so this could be the same company.

 

 

1969 Tirfor Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes Tirfor Ltd: Pulling, Lifting & Handling Equipment, Sheffield. Tirfor was incorporated on 25th May 1954, becoming Tractel (UK) Limited in May 1999.

 

 

1969 Tri-Wall Containers Limited Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes Tri-Wall Containers Limited was incorporated in 1963 and became Tri-Wall Limited in 1984.

 

 

1969 Turriff Special Binding

Edition

16

Notes Turriff Construction was incorporated in 1962 but is now dissolved.

(Photo courtesy of Nigel Clarke)

 

1970 Chemidus Plastics Limited Special Binding

Edition

17

Notes Chemidus Plastics Limited hold a number of Canadian patents from the late 1960s, so could be a Canadian plastics firm.

 

 

1970 T&M Special Binding

Edition

17

Text

For Structures In Steel

 

 

1970 Mind Boggler Special Binding

Edition

17

Notes

The top prize for the 1970 "Bottled Guinness Mind Boggler" competition was a luxury cabin cruiser.

 

A letter accompanying this edition (below left) says:

 

"..... One of your customers is a runner-up in the recent Guinness Mind-Boggler Competition.

This means that you have won one of our specially bound copies of the latest Guinness Book of Records.

We hope you will have many hours of amusing and instructive reading.

Congratulations - and many thanks for all your help in making this promotion so successful."

(Letter image courtesy of Steve Redshaw)

 

1970 Unknown Company Special Bindings

Edition

17

Notes

Stylised logo on the copy to the left could be "CS" or "OCS"; the second copy below could be "CP" and the 3rd might be "H". Please let us know if you have additional information on these copies.

 

 

1971 Albert Marston & Co Ltd Special Binding

Edition

18

Text

With the Compliments of Albert Marston & Co Ltd

Wellington Locks and Hardware

Notes

A lock manufacturer from the Wellington works in Willenhall. Bought by Chubb in 1971.

 

 

1971 Arnold & Nathan Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

18

Text

With the Compliments of Arnold & Nathan Ltd. Group of Companies
Notes Arnold & Nathan Ltd. was a general construction & civil engineering company in Uxbridge (dissolved 2001)

 

 

1971 Caird & Rayner Special Binding

Edition

18

Text

777 Commercial Road, London, E. 14, England
Notes Caird & Rayner manufactured sea water distilling plant for Royal Navy vessels, Cunard liners (including the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the QE2), and so on. The company was dissolved in about 1995.

 

 

1971 Davis Trunking Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes

Davis Trunking Limited is no longer trading under that name, but may be part of "Eleco plc"

 

 

1971 F. E. Weatherill Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

18

Text

Compliments

F. E. Weatherill Ltd.

Loading Shovel Manufacturers

Notes

Founded in Tottenham in the late 1940s (later moved to Welwyn Garden City); dissolved in 1991.

 

 

1971 Richard Graefe Limited Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes

A wood products manufacturer; now Graefe Ltd of Thame, Oxfordshire.

 

1971 Hago Special Binding

Edition

18

 

 

1971 Huddersfield Building Society Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes

Founded in 1864, now part of the Yorkshire Building Society.

 

 

1971 Lilleshall Group of Companies Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes The spine says "Guinness Book of Records 1972".

An extra page lists the seven companies in the Lilleshall Group in the U.K. and Nigeria.

"The Lilleshall Company Limited began in 1764 as a partnership to work the coal, iron and limestone deposits in the area. In 1802 the partnership was reorganised and adopted the name of The Lilleshall Company and on 30th December, 1880 became a limited company".

 

 

1971 M & J Engineers Ltd (M J Plant Hire) Special Binding

 

Edition

18

Notes

Equipment rental firm established in 1955.
  • The back cover has a simple logo (right).
  • An additional page in the book lists the company's locations:

London, Hitchin, Rochester, Northampton and Croydon.

 

 

1971 Metal Closures Limited Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes The company is believed to have been founded in 1959 and is now part of Alcoa Closure Systems International (UK) Limited.

 

 

1971 Oxy Metal Special Binding

Edition

18

Text

Oxy Metal Finishing Europe

Efco Limited

Sheerwater Woking

Surrey England

Telephone Woking 5971

 

 

1971 Sterling Special Binding

Edition

18

 

 

1971 Ulrich Manufacturing Company Limited Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes Ulrich Manufacturing Company (GREAT BRITAIN) Limited was in Amersham and dissolved in 1998.

 

 

1971 Wakefield Fortune Special Binding

Edition

18

Notes Wakefield Fortune Ltd. was a UK-based travel agent which was acquired by Hogg Robinson Travel in 1983.

(Picture courtesy of Graham Hawkins)

 

1971 Unknown Company or Unmarked Special Bindings

Edition

18

Notes The copy pictured above left has the name G. N. REYNOLDS on the cover; similar copies with other names on the front cover are also known:

D. T. HODGKISS

F. W. HOWSEMAN

J. G. SUTCLIFFE

M. G. PRINTER

D. SCOTT

P. E. BALDWIN

H. L. COMER

These are clearly copies produced for individuals within a company, or gifts for important customers of that company.

 

The edition pictured below left is similar to the Directors' Special Edition, but is a different colour.

 

1972 Balfour Kilpatrick Installations Ltd. Eastern Region Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes Presumably the well-known electrical installation contractors

 

 

1972 B T Glenwood Special Binding

Edition

19

(Photo courtesy of Pete Tatum)

 

1972 Butler Foundries Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes Front cover has a "UNISOC" logo (Unisoc Automation), and says:

Butler Foundries Group of Companies Ltd.

Coppice Side Industrial Estate Brownhills WS8 7HD Walsall

Unisoc Automation was founded in 1970 and the Butler Foundries group appears to have been dissolved in 2002.

 

1972 DDL Special Binding

Edition

19

 

1972 George E. Taylor & Co. Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes A company named "GEORGE E. TAYLOR & CO. LIMITED" was dissolved in 1987.

 

 

1972 Irlam Engineering Special Binding

Edition

19

Text

F.WRIGHT & SONS (SUPPLIES) LTD.,

IRLAM ENGINEERING CO. (1942) LTD.,

GROSVENOR STREET,

ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE.

Notes Irlam Engineering was incorporated on 27th November 1942 and dissolved on 7th May 2000.

 

1972 Morganite Ceramic Fibres Limited Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes Incorporated in 1966 and now trading as Thermal Ceramics UK Limited.

 

 

1972 Peter Cassidy (Leeds) Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

19

Text

With the Compliments of

Peter Cassidy (Leeds) Ltd.

Lifting and Hydraulic Engineers

Holbeck Lane

LEEDS LS11 9XA

Tel. 34403 & 25457

Notes Peter Cassidy Ltd. was founded in Hull in 1921. The Leeds business opened in 1961.

(Image courtesy of Roberto Magagnin)

 

1972 Salt Riley (Builders) Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

19

Text

With the Compliments of

SALT RILEY (Builders) LTD.

HIGH ST. - SANDYFORD - TUNSTALL

TELEPHONE

STOKE-ON-TRENT 87390 84579

Notes Salt Riley (Builders) Limited was incorporated on 5th April 1966 and dissolved on 16th December 1997. Salt Riley Limited was itself dissolved on 11th December 2007.

 

 

1972 SMC Special Binding

Edition

19

 

 

1972 Thomas Allen Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes Possibly incorporated in 1920 and dissolved in 1998.

 

 

1972 Turriff Special Binding

 

Edition

19

Notes

Turriff Construction was incorporated in 1962 but is now dissolved.

In late 2015, a Turriff-Taylor (possibly a different company) edition appeared on eBay.

 

 

1972 Ulrich Manufacturing Company Limited Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes Ulrich Manufacturing Company (GREAT BRITAIN) Limited was in Amersham and dissolved in 1998.

 

 

1972 Weston Special Binding

Edition

19

 

 

 

1972 Wultex Machine Co. Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

19

Text

Wultex Machine Co. Ltd,

Machine Makers, General Engineers and Colliery Engineers

Progress Works, Ivy Street East, Aspley, Huddersfield HD5 9AF

Notes Wultex Machine Co. Ltd. was established in 1946.

(Image courtesy of Amy Holmes)

 

1972 Unmarked Special Binding

Edition

19

Notes An unmarked copy with a fake leather cover.

 

1973 A. P. V. Mitchell (Dryers) Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

20

Text

A.P.V. MITCHELL (DRYERS) LTD.

DENTON HOLME  CARLISLE  CA2 5DU  ENGLAND

TELEPHONE: CARLISLE 24205  TELEX: 64199  CABLE: DRYERS CARLISLE

Notes

Mitchell Dryers Limited is a privately owned engineering company originally founded in 1859.

 

[Photo courtesy of Jo T, whose Grandfather was Managing Director of A. P. V. Mitchell (Dryers) Ltd.]

 

1973 The Birmingham Mica Co. Limited Special Binding

Edition

20

Text

With the Compliments of

THE BIRMINGHAM MICA CO. LIMITED

PLASTIC MOULDINGS AND CONTROL KNOBS

Notes

The Birmingham Mica Company was incorporated in May 1911, became BM Mouldings Limited in 1992 and dissolved in 1998.

 

1973 Columbian International (Great Britain) Limited Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes

Columbian International was formed out of several companies (with origins in the early 20th century) involved in producing inks, paints, markers, etc.

 

 

1973 Craven Industries Ltd Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes The logos on the front represent Craven Industries Limited, Cravens Homalloy (container manufacturers from Sheffield, England) and Taskers Trailers (formerly Taskers of Andover, latterly the Craven-Tasker group)

 

 

1973 Hartwells Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes Hartwells - a car dealership based in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

(Image courtesy of Bruce Read)

 

1973 Hobourn Transmissions Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes Logo: Hansen Hobourn. Company: Hobourn Transmissions Ltd., Priory Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent.

 

 

1973 Hussey & Greaves Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes

Hussey & Greaves was founded in 1958 (nature of business: Retail books, newspapers, etc.) and still operates in the field of Design, Computer and Office Supplies & Equipment.

 

 

1973 J. I. Case Company Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes An extra page gives the Head Office details of J. I. Case Company as "Grangefield Road, Stanningley, Pudsey, Yorkshire LS28 6JP".

12 companies are listed on the same page.

 

 

1973 John Lee & Son (Grantham) Limited Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes An extra page (below left) shows the company profile and business areas:
  • Steel Stockholders
  • Profile Division
  • Fleet Steels Division
  • Steel Reinforcement
  • Sack and Bag Merchants
  • Textile Merchants
  • Scrap - Ferrous and Non-Ferrous
  • Haulage Contractors

The company was dissolved in 1997.

 

 

1973 M & J Engineers Ltd Special Bindings

Edition

20

Notes

Equipment rental firm established in 1955.
  • Both Red and Blue covers are known to exist.
  • The back cover has a simple logo (right).
  • An additional page in the book lists the company's locations:

North London Office, North London Depot, Kent/Essex Depot, Kent Depot Small Tools Div., Herts./Beds. Depot, Northampton Depot, South London Depot and Birmingham Depot.

 

 

1973 Peter Pan and Wendy Special Binding

Edition

20

 

 

1973 Serck Services Special Bindings

Edition

20

Notes Possibly an industrial heat exchanger company, part of the Unipart Group.

 

 

1973 Watson Norie Limited Special Binding

(Photo courtesy of Simon Taylor)

Edition

20

Notes

Watson Norie Limited

Wincomblee Road

Walker

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

NE6 3PL

Watson Norie Ltd. were a firm of Electrical and Instrumentation Contractors. The company was incorporated in 1920 and liquidated in 2008.

 

1973 William Bailey (Birmingham) Limited Special Binding

Edition

20

Notes Fabricated metal products manufacturer incorporated in 1923, which changed its name to Bailey Gill Products Limited in 1977 and was dissolved in 2008. 

(Photo courtesy of Steve Tanti of the Hedge End bookshop)

 

1973 Unknown Company or Unmarked Special Bindings

Edition

20

Notes

Stylised logo on the first copy could be "DP". The second book has a limp leather-style binding.

 

James McConnell has sent us a photo of another unknown company edition from this year (right).

 

A boxed copy (right) appeared on eBay in July 2009.

 

Please let us know if you have additional information on any of these copies.

 

 

1974 G.K.N Rolled and Bright Steel Limited Special Binding

Edition

21

Notes Presumably the Cardiff-based steel manufacturer, incorporated in 1922 and dissolved in 1986.

 

 

1974 Myson Special Binding

Edition

21

 

 

1974 Petbow Special Binding

Edition

21

Notes Petbow brushless generating and welding sets

 

 

1974 Refrigerator Contracts Ltd Special Binding

Edition

21

 

 

1974 R. E. Nevill Engineering (Westbury) Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

21

Text

With the compliments of

R. E. Nevill

Engineering (Westbury) LTD.

TEL. 2103 & 2206

Notes

R. E. Nevill Engineering was dissolved in 1993.

(Image courtesy of mellyz2008)

 

1974 Woodville Rubber Company Special Binding

Edition

21

Text

Presented by the Directors of Woodville Rubber Company
Notes Woodville Rubber Company Ltd. (later Woodville Polymer Products) was founded in 1948.

 

 

1974 Unknown Company or Unmarked Special Bindings

(photo: Bruce Read)

Edition

21

Notes The lower left edition has a stylised "AF" logo.

We also have a copy bound in a red cover in its original box (pictured right)

 

 

1975 Brooks & Walker Special Binding

Edition

22

Notes A valve manufacturer, with head office at Lytcott Grove, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8QU and branches in Bristol, Cardiff, Falkirk, Immingham, Liverpool, Milton, Neyland, Nottingham, Southampton, Stockton and Wolverhampton

 

 

1975 Duffy & McGovern (Great Yarmouth) Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

22

Notes

Offshore Contractors.

 

 

1975 Eddison Plant Limited Special Binding

Edition

22

Notes

Some copies were from:

Eddison Plant Limited

Shaw Street

West Bromwich

West Midlands

B70 0TX

 

 

1975 JFP Catering Special Binding

Edition

22

Notes

JFP Catering Specialists

"Award for Staff Training"

 

 

1975 Lilleshall Group of Companies Special Binding

Edition

22

Notes The spine says "Guinness Book of Records".

An extra page lists the seven companies in the Lilleshall Group in the U.K.

"The Lilleshall Company Limited began in 1764 as a partnership to work the coal, iron and limestone deposits in the area. In 1802 the partnership was reorganised and adopted the name of The Lilleshall Company and on 30th December, 1880 became a limited company".

 

 

1975 Unmarked Special Bindings

Edition

22

 

 

1976 Charles Wicksteed & Co. Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

23

Cover

Red + Special Dust-jacket

Text (dust-jacket) Presented by

Charles Wicksteed & Co. Ltd.

on the occasion

of their Centenary

1876-1976

Notes Charles Wicksteed opened his first Engineering shop in 1876 and formed his limited company in 1907, producing bicycle stands, plough parts, tube expanders and other tools. From 1910 to the Great War, sawing machines were in demand, as were munitions. Post-war, a new playground equipment and seating division was formed.

The three divisions (playground equipment, sawing machines and tube expanders) were the core of the company until the company was acquired by Dorada Holdings in 1960.

 

1976 Grayston Group Special Binding

Edition

23

Notes Involved in the supply of equipment to the construction industry, Grayston had a number of companies in the group, in the UK and overseas:

Cheltenham Crane Hire Limited
Coventry Compressors Limited
Essex Steel Scaffolding Company Limited
Grayston Limited
Masters Crane Hire Limited
Metal Union Limited
Scaffolding Supplies Limited
Surry Scaffolding Limited
Sussex Scaffolding Limited
Turner Scaffolding Limited

Chr. Dey Kraanverhuur B.V. (Holland)
Grayston Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)
J. G. Van Loenhout B.V. (Holland)
Nederlandse Kraanverhuur B.V. (Holland)
South Rand Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
Van der Vorst Kraanverhuur B.V. (Holland )

 

1976 Hughes Concrete Special Binding

Edition

23

Notes Hughes Concrete Ltd. of Barnfields, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 5QG, which began manufacturing precast concrete pipes and manholes in 1969. The firm was bought by CPM Group Ltd on 1st October 2008.

(Image courtesy of Bruce Read)

 

1976 M & J Engineers Limited Special Binding

Edition

23

Notes Equipment rental firm in Hitchin, Hertfordshire (established 1955).

 

1976 Wherry & Sons Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

23

Notes Wherry & Sons is a producer of pulses in Bourne Lincolnshire, and has been in existence for over 200 years. The company was incorporated in 1909.

 

1976 Unmarked Special Binding

Edition

23

Notes Editions such as these (and presumably similar unmarked editions from other years) were available for purchase through Christmas gift suppliers. Companies - or individuals - could buy these for distribution to their staff, customers or friends. Once such company was Alfred Bishop & Son (Removals) Ltd. of London, who purchased a dozen copies in this year.

 

 

1977 Mermaid Special Binding

Edition

24

Notes The cover has a stylised logo with the word "Mermaid" in the bottom right corner.

(Photo: Bruce Read)

 

 

1977 M & J Engineers Limited Special Binding

Edition

24

Notes Equipment rental firm in Hitchin, Hertfordshire (established 1955).

 

1977 JWIS Chains Ltd. Special Binding

Edition

24

Notes Sabrina Works, Severnside, Bewdley, Worcs.

Possibly the same company that was incorporated in August 1976, became IWIS Chain Limited before becoming IWIS Drive Systems Limited.

 

1978 Ribena Dust-jacket

Edition

24

Text

The 1978 Ribena Year for Records

Introducing the Presenter with the most facts.

 

 

1979 Ford Fiesta 1,000,000 Dust-jacket

Edition

25

Text

Ford Fiesta Europe's Success Car

Record first year sales for any new car range

Record first two years' sales

And now Ford build the millionth Fiesta

 

1979 Van Quality Panel Dust-jacket

Edition

25

Text

Presented to the members of the 1979 Van Quality Panel

WITH THANKS FOR YOUR RECORDS

Notes Barry Rigby kindly provided a copy of an original letter from MIL Research Limited which accompanied these editions. MIL Research Limited was incorporated in 1958 and dissolved in 2002.

 

1979 Ashwell Scott Special Binding

Edition

26

Text 1879-1979 Centenary year
Notes Ashwell Scott Limited of Northwich, Cheshire was incorporated in 1897

(Image courtesy of Simon Taylor)

 

1979 Clarke Group Special Binding

Edition

26

Notes Possibly the Clarke Group based in Co. Fermanagh, a family-run firm which was established in the 1930s.

 

 

1979 Climax Dust-jacket

Edition

26

Cover

Red

Text

Climax The Weightlifter

See how the champions do it on stand number 5F50

Notes We have a copy signed by Louis Martin M.B.E. (twice an Olympic medal winner for Great Britain in the 1960s, and now President of the British Weight Lifters' Association).

 

 

1979 Turriff Special Binding

Edition

26

Notes Turriff Construction was incorporated in 1962 but is now dissolved.

Our copy was donated to the library at Warwick School by D. T. Atack, a director of Turriff Construction Limited.

 

1980 Dorman Special Binding

Edition

27

 

 

1980 Flemings Hotel Special Binding

Edition

27

Notes

Flemings Hotel, Half Moon St, London

(Image courtesy of Sunrise Books Ltd)

 

1980 Pearson Webb Springbett Special Wrapper

Edition

27

Notes David Springbett of insurance brokers Pearson Webb Springbett (PWS) set the world record for the fastest round the world trip on scheduled flights in January 1980.

 

 

1983 Dorman Special Binding

Edition

30

 

 

1984 Whiskas Dust-jacket

Edition

30

Text

25 YEARS OF RECORD-BREAKING GROWTH

1984 whiskas is BEST EVER

Pedigree Petfoods 1984

Notes The book has a two-sided colour insert giving the product's growth history and plans for forthcoming advertising campaigns.

(Images and information courtesy of Jonathan Handley)

 

1985 Distillers Dust-jacket

Edition

32

Text

Together we'll be setting new records in 1986

Distillers

The Distillers Company (Home Trade) Limited

Notes The spine of the dust-jacket says, "The Guinness Book of Records 1986" in white text on a light-blue background. The reverse is blue with no text.

 

 

1985 Goodyear Dust-jacket

Edition

32

Text

Goodyear presents the Guinness Book of Records

The most successful tyre company in Grand Prix Racing.

The Goodyear GT tested in the wettest place in Britain.

The World's largest tyre company.

The Goodyear GT. Safety you can feel at the wheel.

 

 

1985 MAT Group Limited Special Binding

Edition

32

Text

MAT Group Limited 60th Anniversary March 1986

Notes MAT Group Limited is a transport, forwarding and logistics services company, incorporated in 1926.

 

 

1987 Drinkwater Sabey Ltd Special Binding

Edition

34

Text

presented with the compliments of Drinkwater Sabey Ltd

Quarry Products

Waste Disposal

Landfill Restoration

Notes Drinkwater Sabey was incorporated in 1938.

 

 

1988 Kendrick Hire plc Slip Case

Edition

35

Text

With Seasons Greetings

A Happy Christmas and A Prosperous New Year from all the staff at Kendrick Hire

"FOLLOWING GEOFF CAPES SUCCESSFUL WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT AT OUR OPEN DAY AT BROCKLEY, SOUTH EAST LONDON, ON 16TH JUNE 1988 A LIMITED HARD BACK EDITION OF THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS WAS COMMISSIONED BY KENDRICK TO COMMEMORATE THIS OUTSTANDING FEAT OF STRENGTH"

Notes Kendrick Hire was incorporated in 1973 (as Kendrick Hire Centre Limited), and changed its name to Speedy Hire Centres (Southern) Limited in 1995

 

 

1988 Walker Group Special Binding

Edition

35

Notes

An extra page notes that the Walker Group of Companies achieved record sales of 500 million in 1988 from its interests in steel stockholding, manufacturing  and processing, property, pensions and insurance and aviation.

 

 

1990 Wiltshier Special Binding

Edition

37

Text

Wiltshier

Building Confidence

Notes Possibly Wiltshier Construction that ceased trading in 2005/2006.

 

 

1992 Digital Dust-jacket

Edition

39

Text

"the fastest chip in the world"

see page 74...

Notes The special dust-jacket celebrated the record for the Fastest Chip - the 64-bit DEC Alpha - announced in March 1992.

(Photos courtesy of Dr. Richard Pennington)

 

1993 The Leeds Visa Dust-jacket

Edition

40

Text

Leeds Visa raises 5 Million for charity and that's a record!

 

Special edition: presented to runners-up in the Leeds Visa Record Breakers Competition.

Notes As the dust-jacket says, copies of this edition were given to competition runners-up by The Leeds Permanent Building Society. Through the society's Visa card, donations totalling over 5,000,000 were given to 3 charities: The British Heart Foundation, The Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Mencap.

The record itself is on page 148 (though the total was only 4 million at the time the edition went to press).

The Leeds Permanent Building Society was founded in 1848 and merged with the Halifax Building Society in 1995.

 

 

1993 Diana Ross Commemorative Edition

Edition

40

Produced for

EMI United Kingdom

Text

TO COMMEMORATE HER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND HER POSITION AS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE SOLO POP PERFORMER OF ALL TIME

Notes

The back cover has a complete list of Diana Ross's hit singles from 3rd September 1963 through to 15th March 1993.

 

 

2006 HIT Entertainment Special Edition 2007

Edition

53

Notes

HIT Entertainment produced a number of specially-bound copies of the 2007 edition, for private distribution to the staff of Guinness World Records.

In place of the Introduction, pages 6 to 9 of this copy have "The Year in Review" by Bruce Steinberg, who discusses Hit Entertainment's company news for the year.

 

2006 Mileştii Mici Promotional Edition

Edition

53

Notes

Edition specially produced for Mileştii Mici to celebrate their record as the largest wine cellar.

The standard Introduction (pages 6 and 7) is replaced by information on the Mileştii Mici world record.

 

2006 Troll Special Edition

 

Edition

53

Produced for

Statoil

Notes

The book has the same contents as the standard edition, except that the normal introduction on pages 6 and 7 is replaced by a 2-page section for Statoil, which begins:

"The heart of the Norwegian gas machine, Troll A has turned 10 years. The field ranks as Europe's largest offshore gas field in production, and will play a central role in the continent's energy security for may years to come."

 

2007 HIT Entertainment Promotional Edition

Edition

54

Notes

HIT Entertainment produced a number of specially-bound copies of the 2008 edition, for private distribution to the staff of Guinness World Records.

The cover depicts various characters from other HIT Entertainment publications -  "Barney and Friends", "Rainbow Magic", "Bob the Builder", "Thomas and Friends" (front) and "Fireman Sam", "Pingu" and "Angelina Ballerina" (back). The usual price, bar code panel and the "with Glow-in-the-Dark features" text on the front cover are not present. The title on the front page isn't raised as in the standard edition.

Rather than the "Editor's Introduction", pages 6 to 9 of this copy have "The Year in Review" by Bruce Steinberg, who discusses Hit Entertainment's company news for the year.

 

2008 Panasonic EVOIA Promotional Edition

Edition

55

Produced for

Panasonic

Notes

The book has the same contents as the standard edition, except that the normal introduction on pages 6 to 9 is replaced by a 4-page foreword by Panasonic, which begins:

"Panasonic is immensely proud to have been recognized by Guinness World Records for creating the World's No. 1 long lasting AA alkaline battery."

This is a boxed special edition - the box says:

"It's in the Guinness World Records! Shouldn't it be in your store?"

 

 

2008 Sybase Special Edition

Edition

55

Produced for

Sybase

Notes

The book has the same contents as the standard edition, except that the normal introduction on pages 6 to 9 is replaced by a 4-page section for Sybase, which begins:

"Pre-eminent on Wall Street and the record holder for delivery of mobile messages, Sybase now adds to its long list of milestones by setting the world record for the largest data warehouse."

 

2009 Emirates Palace Special Edition

Edition

56

Notes

Edition specially produced for the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The standard Introduction (pages 8 to 11) is replaced by information on the Emirates Palace and its records.

 

2010 Nabil Karam Edition

Edition

57

Notes

Specially produced for Billy Karam to celebrate his record for the largest collection of model cars.

 

The Editor's Letter of the standard edition (pages 8 to 11) is replaced by information on the record for the largest collection of model cars.